The Externally Focused Quest

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A practical approach for leaders to guide their congregations tobecome more externally focused The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church forthe Community is designed for church leaders who want totransform their churches to become less internally focused and moreoriented to the world around them. The book includes the clearguidelines on the ten changes congregations must adopt to becometruly outwardly focused. This book is not about getting allchurches to have an annual day of community service as a tactic butchanging the core of who they are and how they see themselves as apart of their community. * Outlines the ten changes needed for church leaders to transformtheir churches * Presents a highly practical approach that shows leaders how tobecome more externally focused without having to give up programsthat serve members * A new volume in the popular Leadership Network Series This book reveals what it takes to make the major shift from aninternal to external focus and how that affects churchleadership.

ERIC SWANSON is a missional leadership specialist with Leadership Network, leading initiatives with externally focused churches that are missionally engaging their communities, cities, and the world. With Rick Rusaw he is the cofounder of the Externally Focused Network.RICK RUSAW is the senior pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church and an innovative leader, speaker, author, and trainer. With Eric he is the cofounder of the Externally Focused Network.Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw are coauthors of The Externally Focused Church and The Externally Focused Life. They frequently speak and train at seminars and conferences on missional/externally focused churches.ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORKThe mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at www.


Praise for The Externally Focused Quest

"Swanson and Rusaw are unmatched in their grasp of church and culture! This book contains the information and insight that will resource my preaching, refine my strategy, and reignite my passion as a pastor."
[ DR. JOEL C. HUNTER, senior pastor, Northland A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida]

"The Externally Focused Quest is a must-read for every follower of Christ today. Like me, you will come away with a heart bursting with fresh vision for the world outside the four walls of your church. I am making this book required reading for students in the colleges I oversee. It will challenge and dismantle your excuses; then it will inspire you, instruct you, and compel you to action. I am different for having read this book."
[DR. WAYNE CORDEIRO, founding and senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and chancellor of Pacific Rim Christian College Consortium]

"Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw continue to challenge the church to look outwardto join Jesus on his mission in a hurting world, and to show and share the love of Christ. If you are serious about being the church for your community, this book will help provide the insight and tools you need to make it happen."
[ED STETZER, president, LifeWay Research]

"Wake up, Church, and read the challenges of our world as opportunities for the church. We are called to serve, and at no time in history has the church had such amazing opportunities to be a transformative presence in the world. In The Externally Focused Quest, Swanson and Rusaw set our hearts on fire for becoming the church that will change the world and then provide concrete examples of how to begin wherever you are in the church and the world. Swanson and Rusaw are redefining the church to be not simply a group of people who believe the same things, but a group of people who are on a mission together as big as the world we are called to serve."
[DIANA GARLAND, dean, School of Social Work, Baylor University]

"I am a big fan of Swanson and Rusaw. They are helping the church become what she has been destined forto be outwardly focused. This is another great book that will help you get beyond yourself."
[STEVE SJOGREN, president,]

About Leadership Network.AcknowledgmentsForeword (Alan Hirsch).Introduction.Chapter 1: What Kind of Day Is Today?Chapter 2: Focus: They Choose the Window Seat, Not the AisleSeat.Chapter 3: Purpose: They Practice Weight Training, NotBodybuilding.Chapter 4: Story: They Live in the Kingdom Story, Not a ChurchStory.Chapter 5: Missions: The Few Send the Many, Not the Many Sendthe Few.Chapter 6: Partnering: They Build Wells, Not Walls.Chapter 7: Systems: They Create Paradigms, Not Programs.Chapter 8: Evangelism: They Deploy Kingdom Laborers, Not SocialWorkers.Chapter 9: Creativity: They Innovate, Not Replicate.Chapter 10: Outcomes: It's About the Game, Not the PregameTalk.Notes.The Authors.

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